Hammers under 21s have become history makers


Hammers under 21s have become history makers

Colchester United 0-4 West Ham United U21s
Bristol Street Motors Trophy, JobServe Community Stadium, Tuesday 5 December 2023, 7.30pm GMT

West Ham United U21s have become history makers following an extraordinary victory over Colchester United under 21s. It means they are now in the last 16 of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy for the first time and this of  course comes after last year’s glorious  FA Youth Cup victory at Arsenal. Along with the win – their fourth in the competition – it means the lads are now on an unbeaten run to 15 games.

Dan Chesters – who with others has been in the first team squad on occasions – opened the scoring on eight minutes when he headed home a fabulous cross from the hugely impressive Callum Marshall. The other three goals came in the second half when the attacking trio of Divin Mubama, George Earthy, and Marshall showed their class. With the experience of Ben Johnson and Conor Coventry too, the U21s went on to take complete control of the match.


        Hammers under 21s have become history makers 

Chesters found Earthy, whose finish put the lads  two-nil, before Lewis Orford sent West Ham’s third into the top corner from distance. Mubama then rounded off a superb victory when he found the bottom corner from the edge of the area. However, we should remember that Divin’s  involvement will mean that he is very unlikely to see any action against Spurs on Thursday evening

The  the U21s have now beaten Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Newport County, and Colchester United in the competition. They have scored 12 goals in those four games and conceded just once. The task now is to continue the run into the last 16.

West Ham United: Anang, Chesters (Laing 82), Johnson, Casey, Luizão, Scarles (Clayton 82), Coventry, Kelly (Orford 46), Earthy (Moore 87), Mubama, Marshall (Kodua 87)
Subs not used: Knightbridge (GK), Forbes

Goals: Chesters 8, Earthy 57, Orford 78, Mubama 82

Booked: Marshall 30


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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